Julia Batchelor-SmithSenior Associate
A specialist property disputes resolution lawyer, Julia provides expert legal advice and dispute resolution services in all aspects of construction and commercial property. She advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction and commercial property matters - including construction contracts, acquisitions, divestments, leasing issues, due diligence, joint venture development arrangements and adjudication disputes under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.
Julia has particular expertise in weathertightness issues. She represents the full spectrum of affected parties (including body corporates and owners, developers, builders and contractors) in mediations, Court and the Weathertight Homes Tribunal.
A significant case Julia represented in the High Court was Redhill Development (NZ) Ltd & Ors v Green & Anor, concerning the developer's lodgment of a payment schedule outside the time limit prescribed under the Construction Contracts Act 2002.
Julia's long-standing clients include Bostik New Zealand Limited and the Home Owners and Buyer Association of New Zealand (HOBANZ), which she actively supports.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Law
- Property Law
- Real Estate
- Acting for numerous plaintiffs and defendants in relation to weathertightness issues in mediations, the High Court and Weathertight Homes Tribunal.
- Acting for a principal in a multi-million dollar, complex dispute relating to NZS:3910 and several substantive issues with a contractor and appearing in the District Court and High Court in relation to that dispute.
- Advising the receivers in respect of the ongoing construction of the Kawarau Falls Station Development, Queenstown, including in relation to access issues with the owner of the neighbouring land.
- Advising a UK based consortium in connection with leasing issues pertaining to its New Zealand commercial property portfolio and acting as junior counsel in arbitral proceedings for that consortium.
- Advising a prominent Dubai financial institution on the formation and development strategy of a vehicle established in partnership with a Saudi Arabian Developer to develop the largest privately-owned real estate project undertaken to date in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
- Acting for Dubai Islamic Bank, the preeminent Islamic financial institution in Dubai, on its joint venture with Nakheel, the high-profile developer of the Palm and the World Islands, to form Tashyed LLC, a property development company with an intended committed capital of approximately NZ$1 billion.
- Acting for Standard Chartered Bank in securing its position as preferred financial institution with the Dubai Land Department for the holding of off-plan deposits pursuant to new escrow legislation and providing submissions to the Government of Dubai in relation to that legislation.
- New Zealand Society of Construction Law
- Property Council of New Zealand
Betterment - A Balancing Act, NZ Lawyer Magazine, 5 March 2010
Professional Activities and Experience
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, New Zealand (2009 - present)
Lovells LLP, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2006 - 2009)
Goldman Sachs JBWere, New Zealand (2005 - 2006)
Bell Gully, New Zealand (2003 - 2005)
LLB (University of Auckland, 2003)
BA (University of Auckland, 2003)